If you’re a man over the age of 40, it is not uncommon to experience erectile dysfunction. And the older you get, the more it is expected. The condition affects as many as 30 million men in the U.S. But the good news is that erectile dysfunction doesn’t mean the end of sex. There are natural cures for erectile dysfunction and proactive ways for you to make your erections firmer and longer-lasting that don’t involve getting a prescription or popping a pill.
Understanding the challenge.
Before pursuing any natural cures for erectile dysfunction, it’s important to ascertain the facts about erectile dysfunction, whether you have it, and what is causing it.
Sources say up to 20% of ED cases are caused by psychological factors, including stress, anxiety, guilt, and depression. Stress can stem from work or financial problems, relationship issues, or other reasons. Anxiety about why ED is happening and if it will keep happening can add to stress, and also lead to guilt and depression. Indifference to the act of sex or the relationship itself can contribute to ED, as well as low self-esteem or a negative self-image.
Erectile dysfunction can also be caused by health issues. Certain medications, including some antidepressants, antihistamines, muscle relaxers, and medications for high blood pressure, can cause erectile dysfunction. In addition, radical prostatectomy often results in erectile dysfunction to some degree.
Once you know what you’re dealing with, your doctor will advise about which treatment options will be effective.
Often a go-to treatment for ED involves medication. If you’re in good health, your doctor may prescribe pills that can increase blood flow to the penis. Medications for erectile dysfunction can either be taken orally or injected. These treatments work with the body’s own systems, enhancing the effects of hormones released by the body to relax the muscles around the penis, increasing blood flow and creating an erection.
Oral medications include Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, and Stendra. However, oftentimes, these medications do not work or they cannot be prescribed due to other health issues. Fortunately, when it comes to tackling ED naturally, there are many options.
Lifestyle. Because erectile dysfunction can be caused by issues in overall health, weight, fitness levels, and the flow of blood through the body, one of the easiest natural remedies for erectile dysfunction is simply making lifestyle changes. This includes taking active steps to:
- Stop smoking
- Improve your diet
- Limit alcohol
- Lose extra weight
- Exercise regularly
- Reduce stress or handle depression or anxiety by seeing a counselor or taking up a new interest.
Natural remedies. There are also natural supplements that can improve erectile function, increase blood flow, and improve circulation, such as:
- Panax Ginseng
- Vitamin D
It’s important to be aware of what is actually “natural” when you're looking for supplements like these. According to one study, some products labeled as “natural” contain traces of PDE5 inhibitors, which are included in the same class as prescription ED drugs like Viagra. These drugs can create an unsafe drop in blood pressure in men with advanced heart disease or those who take nitrates.
Taking Korean red ginseng, DHEA supplements, or foods high in l-arginine can also be effective in treating ED. Each has elements that play a role in increasing desire, strengthening erections, or opening and relaxing blood vessels.
Many men have also explored the use of acupuncture in opening up the pathways of energy throughout the body. More details about natural solutions to erectile dysfunction are discussed in our free book available here!
Food choices. Some foods you can choose can also act as natural remedies for erection dysfunction by improving blood flow and boosting sexual health. These include:
- Chili peppers
Vacuum therapy. Another natural option you can explore in your home is vacuum therapy for ED, which involves using an acrylic “penis pump” to create a vacuum suction. This suction mimics the process your body goes through when it is aroused and helps you achieve an erection. After the erection is achieved, a penis ring slides off the penile tube and is secured at the base of the penis holding the erection in place. This animated video can show you exactly how it works.
Benefits of natural cures for erectile dysfunction.
There are three reasons natural treatment options are preferred:
They are non-medical. These methods do not require surgery, implants, or medications, and as such, they do not create unwanted medical side effects. Because they are not medical, you can explore these natural solutions without worrying about their interaction with medication you’re already on or with any health condition you might have, such as heart disease or diabetes. They can also be used in the penile rehabilitation process to offset erectile dysfunction after prostate cancer treatment or surgery.
They give you more control. Making changes to your lifestyle is completely up to you. How you unwind, eat, drink and exercise can all be controlled by you. Another thing you can control involves the penis pump. You can decide how you use it and when. And unlike medications, there’s no guesswork waiting for pills to “kick in” or wondering about whether it’s going to work.
They can create better overall health. The lifestyle changes you make to address erectile dysfunction are also things men should do anyway to look and feel better. Risk factors for ED such as being overweight, smoking, drinking excessively, and not exercising are also risk factors for other conditions such as heart disease, high cholesterol, stroke, and diabetes. Your penis performance can be an indicator of your overall health, and the things you do to make your penis better can make all of you better as well.
If you are experiencing ED, trust that you are not alone. There are several causes, and in most situations, there are solutions that do not result in side effects, health concerns, or other solutions simply don’t work.
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